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BBC, ITV Locked in £.5m War over Oduba, Nigerian Broadcaster

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Television bosses in the UK are reportedly locked in a £500,000 bidding war over British-Nigerian Strictly Come Dancing champion, Ore Oduba, according to the Sun

BBC chiefs are worried that the Breakfast sports reporter could defect to ITV following his victory on Saturday night.

The UK newspaper said that broadcasting bosses fear Ore may defect to ITV similarly to Susanna Reid, who joined Good Morning Britain after finishing as runner-up in the contest in 2013.

They say that Ore, 30, could be in the running for the Friday presenting slot on BBC’s The One Show if he stays, and that BBC controller Charlotte Moore was spotted chatting to him immediately after his victory.

Apparently, bosses are panicking about losing the reporter after he stood in for Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning last month.

A source told the newspaper: “It’s clear Ore’s a rising star and he’s now a household name because of Strictly.

“He was given his One Show presenting debut during Strictly in a really tricky episode where he had to interview Sir Cliff Richard, but passed the test with flying colours.

“There’s a sense of urgency to get him presenting some other programmes and have him based in London now after his sport on This Morning.”

The source also suggested that the BBC was keen to keep him “because he’s a black presenter” and will bring more diversity to the channel.

Ore has spoken of how the shock moment he won Strictly Come Dancing felt as good as his wedding – and now the gruelling show is over his next ambition is to become a dad.

He also dedicated the victory to his wife Portia, admitting: “It’s not easy being a Strictly partner.”

In his only newspaper interview, the presenter – who had no previous dance training – told the Mirror they may now try to start a family.

And he laughed: “I have to be careful because my wife is here but winning was right up there with our wedding.”

Ore, who was paired with professional dancer Joanne Clifton, said claiming the Glitterball trophy in front of more than 13 million viewers was even more special because of how hard it was being away from Portia so soon after tying the knot.

She endured five-hour round trips every weekend from their Manchester home to London, where Ore was training and living.

“It’s been incredibly difficult not being together day to day,” Ore said.

“With her living up North, we’ve had to spend a lot of time apart. It’s been stressful and strenuous for her.

“I’d imagine it’s not easy to be a Strictly partner. She had her own work, family and friends in Manchester but then you’ve got the 24/7 support role that is being my wife. She had it full-on but she loved it. I couldn’t have done it without her.”

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MultiChoice Refutes Launch of Pay-Per-View Report

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Pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, has dismissed fresh reports saying it is about to make its services available via the Pay-Per-View model.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the company said reports currently circulating and suggesting that it is about launching Pay-Per-View are unfounded.

“MultiChoice wishes to correct the news currently being circulated and states that at no time was it announced that a Pay Per View service was about to be launched,” said the statement.

The company explained that before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight, it explained to journalists at a media briefing premium subscribers on its DStv platform would watch the fight as part of their package, while subscribers to pay television services in the USA would need to pay an additional US$99 on Pay per view basis to access the fight.

It added that should it decide to offer a new service in the future, the media and its subscribers will be directly informed.

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DSTv, Startimes Panic as TSTV Unpacks PaSC, Data Bundle

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As the commercial launch of TStv, Telcom Satellite TV, in Nigeria beckons, DStv/GOtv and StarTimes, and other pay TV providers, are believed to be troubled, according to Independent.

Their anxiety may have arisen from the new operator’s introduction of the Pay-as-You-Consume (PaSC) model and data bundle.

Other pay TV providers had consistently argued that the model was not possible to implement in Nigeria on the grounds that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.

TStv will roll out its Pay-As-You-Consume plan on October 1, 2017, and industry watchers predict that it would win over a lot of customers from its competitors.

Analysts have expressed the hope that TStv would, indeed, redeem its promise of offering unique services, and thus break the MultiChoice’s monopoly in the business in Nigeria.

The move by the incoming operator is aimed at attracting more subscribers to their service, which is considered to have been tailored along the yearning of Nigerian pay TV customers.

When the new plan begins, it is expected to replicate the revolutionary feat Globacom made in the telecoms industry through the introduction of per second billing (PSB).

Prior to the implementation of PSB by Glo, MTN and Econet (now Airtel) had insisted that it was not possible to operate the PSB until after seven years, but Glo made it possible immediately it hit the market in 2003.

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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ on DStv Clocks Ten

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For the last decade, the E! mega hit series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has grown steadily from a familial docu-series into a global phenomenon.

From break-ups to make-ups, weddings, births and all the drama in between, fans have “kept up” with the family’s constant evolution.

In the 90-minute Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special, airing on 25 September at 7pm, host and executive producer of the series and special, Ryan Seacrest, sits down with Kris, Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie to reflect back on the most monumental events in their lives.

Throughout the years, the family has remained genuine, compassionate, and vulnerable with the viewers, and this special will delve into what it’s been like for the family to live all the triumphs and hardships in front of the camera.

In preparation for the ten year anniversary celebrations, E! is airing a Kardash-a-thon, every day until 6 October. From 06:10am to 06:05pm, fans are given the opportunity to catch up on every episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians ever aired.

Fans can find out more about the Kardashian and Jenner sisters’ fashion style and signature looks in a series of E!’s Look Book specials, every day at 7pm.

On 7 October, E! will showcase the most popular episodes from Keeping Up with the Kardashians as voted by you, the fans, in Top 10 Fan Faves. Voting is open on the E! Africa Facebook page until 1 October.

Then, after a heavy and eventful year, Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns for a fun and flirty fourteenth season on 8 October at 7pm. From backyard camping and wine tasting in Santa Barbara to jet-setting to Mexico for birthday shenanigans, the family is determined to get back to basics, but not without some challenges along the way.

Kim debates removing herself from the spotlight to focus on her family after the traumatic experience in Paris.

Meanwhile, as Khloé’s relationship with Tristan heats up, she stresses over how to blend her two lives.

As Kourtney is burdened over how to unapologetically embrace her single life while co-parenting with Scott, Kendall finds herself under an immense amount of pressure as she struggles with being in the public eye and the rest of the family is along for the unpredictable ride.

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